The official catalog of the 10th Venice Biennale of Architecture presents an anthology of ideas centered around this year’s theme: the meta-city. The changes in the physical and social structure of today’s city have resulted in a new kind of civilian agglomeration that extends beyond the traditional form, concept, and boundaries of the city, causing profound transformations in the composition of its population and working habits. The International Exhibition, curated by Richard Burdett, will focus on the transformations of cities around the world, featuring New York, London, Berlin, Moscow, Tokyo, Shanghai, Mumbai, Mexico City, São Paulo Beirut, Istanbul, Johannesburg, and Lagos. Additionally, the biennale will propound a manifesto for rational development of cities in the 21st century. This book will be the definitive catalogue of what is perhaps the most important architecture exhibition in the world.
Director: Richard Burdett
12th September – 7th November 2006
Site:Arsenale, Giardini. Collateral section in Palermo.
Director appointed by President Davide Croff
Centered on Cities. Architecture and society the 10th edition is focused on the so-called “global cities” themes, cities where more than three or four million people permanently live, facing various types of problems: from immigration to growth hardships, from the evolution of mobility to sustainable development research.The Exhibition takes into account some crucial questions of contemporary society, trying to delve into the possible interactions between architecture and its real users. More specifically, much attention was paid to the role of architects when it comes to designing democratic and sustainable urban landscapes, as well as their links to policies of intervention, government statements and social cohesion.
The exhibition took place at the Corderie dell’Arsenale, through screenings of never before seen films on mega screens, tridimensionally elaborated graphs – a set up of 16 big cities and their urban experiences, in four different continents: Mumbai and Tokyo in Asia; Caracas, Mexico City, Bogotá, São Paulo, Los Angeles and New York in America; Johannesburg, Cairo and Istanbul in Africa and in the Mediterranean area; European cities such as London, Barcelona, Berlin and Milan-Turin. In the Padiglione Italia at the Giardini, this complex vision of urban transformation was analyzed by 12 different International research centers. By taking the daily life of the world’s metropolises to Venice, by inviting international research centers to share their activities with visitors, the 10th edition of the Exhibition showed a manifesto for the 21st century city, devoted to the potential contribution of megalopolises for a better, more democratic and fair world.
The 10th Architecture Biennale also presented how collateral sections of projects focused on Southern Italy, which accompanied the International exhibition: Città di Pietra curated by Claudio D’Amato Guerrieri, set up in Venice at the Artiglierie dell’Arsenale and Città – Porto, curated by Rinio Bruttomesso, set up in Palermo in three different venues.
Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement: Richard Rogers
Golden Lion for the City: Bogotá, Colombia
Golden Lion for Best National Participation: Danmark (“CO-EVOLUTION”, a Danish/Chinese cooperation for sustainable urban development in China)
Golden Lion for Best Urban Projects: Javier Sanchez/Higuera + Sanchez for the housing development project “Brazil 44” in Mexico City.
Special prize for Best Architecture School: Facoltà di Architettura Politecnico di Torino for a project for Mumbai
Mentions for three significant national exhibitions: Japan Pavilion, Icelandic Pavilion, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Pavilion
Seven Stone Lions,Città di Pietra -Sensi Contemporanei section: Bari, group leader arch. Adolfo Natalini; Crotone, arch. Carlo Moccia; Pantelleria, group leader arch. Gabriella Giuntoli; Bari, group leader arch. Guido Canella; Bari, group leader arch. Antonio Riondino; Bari, group leader arch. Vitangelo Ardito; Pantelleria, group leader arch. Marino Narpozzi
Prize for Architecture Portus, Città – Porto – Sensi Contemporanei section: “Il parco della Blanda” of Region Basilicata. Area: Maratea, Piana di Castrocucco (Potenza). Project by: Gustavo Matassa, with Vincenzo De Biase, Silvia Marano, Rosa Nave
Premio Manfredo Tafuri, appointed by the Padiglione Italia: Vittorio Gregotti
Giancarlo De Carlo prize, appointed by the Padiglione Italia: Andrea Stipa
Ernesto Nathan Rogers prize, appointed by the Padiglione Italia: Luca Molinari